Wednesday, 27th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Celebrating Frank O'Hara
To celebrate the life and works of Frank O’Hara, we will be hosting a night of his poetry around the 50th anniversary of his death. There will be readings from O’Hara’s work by Newstead Abbey Poet-in-Residence Becky Cullen, Five Leaves’ worker Leah Wilkins, gay literature historian Gregory Woods and novelist David Belbin. Matthew Welton will talk about the importance of O’Hara’s work. And we’ll be joined by special guest, novelist and poet, John Harvey, a long time fan!
Poet and critic Mark Doty has said O’Hara’s poetry is “urbane, ironic, sometimes genuinely celebratory and often wildly funny” containing “material and associations alien to academic verse” such as “the camp icons of movie stars of the twenties and thirties, the daily landscape of social activity in Manhattan, jazz music, telephone calls from friends”. O’Hara’s writing “sought to capture in his poetry the immediacy of life, feeling that poetry should be “between two persons instead of two pages.”
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 8th September
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sci-Fi, Fantasy and New Weird Short Story Course
Description: Six month SF Short Story Course @ Five Leaves - Hosted by Comma Press and Andrew Hedgecock
Price: £180 for the full course (attendees must pay for full course – individual course units not available separately).
Dates: Six workshops are held over a 6 month period to enable you to complete writing assignments. They are on the 2nd Thursday of each month:
8th September 2016
This course is about the short story in sf and fantasy. There will be an emphasis on ‘New Weird’ (also known as ‘sf Strange’) the place where sf collides with other forms of writing.
Over the course of six workshops, you’ll get a handle on some of the narrative structures used by short story writers, and implement them in your own work. Completing set writing tasks between workshops, and receiving structured, peer-driven feedback, you’ll develop three short stories to completion, with tailored advice on how to shape the story, and how to improve the characterisation, dialogue, and narrative voice. Comma Press, one of the UK’s leading publishers of short fiction is always looking for new voices in short fiction and indeed science fiction; stories produced on this course may be considered for future anthologies.
What you need to be familiar with …
You don’t necessarily need any practical experience of writing stories, nor of supervised creative writing of any kind, but it’s important you have an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the short story form and a taste for strange or speculative tales.
To get the most from the course, you should be prepared do some background reading, undertake writing tasks between sessions, read the work of others on the course prior to each session, offer tactful – yet frank – feedback, and receive constructive criticism on your own work.
Whilst this course is geared towards science-fiction, fantasy and new weird – the techniques learnt will be applicable across all genres of short story.
This course will be taught by Andy Hedgecock, who has worked for many years as an editor fantastic tales and is an established writer with an impressive list of published work (see brief bio below).
What we won’t cover …
This isn’t a course devised to help you write a novel, a novella, poetry, micro-fiction, or biography – it’s all about the short story, which presents its own specific demands and opportunities to writers (for the avoidance of doubt, short stories typically weigh in at somewhere between 1500 and 8000 words long, for the purpose of this course we will be looking at stories up to 5,000 words long).
Equipment you’ll need …
Something to write with (pen and paper will do) during sessions, and a computer and internet access at home, to upload your work in progress to the online drop box, or email to the group.
If you prefer to print out other people’s work to read prior to the sessions (rather than reading from a screen), you’ll need to do this at your own expense.
About the Tutor
Andy Hedgecock is a Nottinghamshire-based editor, writer, researcher and trainer. He had been selling articles and reviews for over 30 years when Comma Press challenged him to turn his hand to fiction. Andy has written for Time Out, Penguin City Guides, The Oxford Companion to English Literature, The Third Alternative, The Breaking Windows Anthology, The Morning Star, The Spectator, Short Fiction in Theory and Practice and the academic SF Review Foundation. From 2006-2016 he was co-editor (fiction) of Interzone, Britain’s longest-running British sf magazine and 2013 winner of the British Fantasy Society Award for Best Magazine / Periodical. He also worked with the writers Claire Massey and Carys Bray to set up and edit Paraxis, an online publication the prolific and respect sf&f author Michael Moorcock described as an endeavour to “return the human imagination to the apex of the arts”.
Payment can be made by PayPal (to firstname.lastname@example.org) by card over the phone (0115 8373097) or in the shop.
For details of the Reading list, please e-mail Fiveleaves.email@example.com with ‘Short Story Course’ in the Title
For any other info feel free to ask at the above e-mail or alternatively e-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgVenue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham